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pan +‎ -kin


pannikin (plural pannikins)

  1. A cup or other vessel used for drinking.
    • 1852, Ellen Clacy (diarist), cited in Susan Lawrence, "Households on Australian goldfields" in Penelope M. Allison (ed.), The Archaeology of Household Activities, London: Routledge, 1999,
      ‘a block of wood forms a table, and this is the only furniture; many dispense with that. The bedding, which is laid on the ground, serves to sit upon. Tin plates and pannikins… compose the tea service.’
    • 1934, George Orwell, Burmese Days:
      A stout Burmese woman, wife of a constable, was kneeling outside the cage ladling rice and watery dahl into tin pannikins.
    • 1938, George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia
      It is all bound up in my mind with the winter cold, the ragged uniforms of militiamen, the oval Spanish faces, the morse-like tapping of machine-guns, the smells of urine and rotting bread, the tinny taste of bean-stews wolfed hurriedly out of unclean pannikins.
    • 1950, Isaac Bashevis Singer, The Family Moskat, translated by A.H. Gross, New York: Knopf, Part V, Chapter 1, p. 258,
      The peasants and their wives came to the doors of their cottages. Some brought out pannikins of water to the fleeing Jews; others laughed and jeered.
    • 2007, Toyin Falola and Amanda Warnock (eds), Encyclopedia of the Middle Passage, Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood, p. 131,
      Water was seriously rationed, and each slave was given half a pint of water served in a pannikin.
  2. The contents of such a vessel.
    • 1903, Ernest W. Hornung, Denis Dent, New York: Frederck A. Stokes, Chapter 18, p. 183,[1]
      [] Put the billy on the fire, Jimmy, and we’ll drink him a good voyage in half a pannikin of tea before we turn in.”

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  • The Oxford English Dictionary